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28090: Hermantin(News)Judge order's Man's Deportation (fwd)

From: leonie hermantin <lhermantin@hotmail.com>

Posted Thursday March 9, 2006



An immigration judge on Wednesday ordered the deportation to Haiti of a North Miami man who claims to be a U.S. citizen.

Judge Kevin McHugh said Frantzy Odige, 23, can be deported because he is a Haitian national and was convicted of sexual assault on a minor -- a deportable offense for foreign nationals.

André Pierre, Odige's attorney, said he will appeal the ruling. Odige claims to have derived automatic citizenship from his adoptive parents who are naturalized U.S. citizens.

However, at a March 1 hearing, Judge McHugh found Odige not to be a U.S. citizen and ordered him to stand trial for deportation.